USES STORY OF HIGH SCHOOL GIRL, WHOSE ATTITUDE TOWARD HER SCHOOLMATES CAUSES HER TO BE LABELED A SNOB, TO EXPLORE BASIC PROBLEM OF SNOBBERY & REASONS FOR IT.
SNOBBERY SNOBS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TEENAGERS PARTIES CRYING TEARS EMOTIONS SOCIAL INTERACTION
Subject: SARAH: TEARFULLY DISTRESSED....
Subject: Unexpectedly moving
And while some of the problems here are caused by her own bitterness, there's also some that are simple misunderstandings that are escalated by Sara's judgmental peers. She's very prickly and defensive, but how much of that is just her attitude and how much of it is caused by the others getting on her case all the time?
Sarah also seems right about the others; they don't understand and are too absorbed in their own shallowness. She sees through the BS that surrounds her, esp. the others fawning on Bill, and the not-unreasonable suspicion that his election and winning yearbook design are because he's popular. She realizes how fake and phony it all is, but doesn't know how to function in all that, or how to meet it halfway.
It's good for an instructional film, especially for Vera Stough's performance. Sara could be played as a total harridan, but Stough makes her into a troubled, sympathetic, and tragic figure. She has a good heart; she read to Ron when he was sick, and when she realizes she's hurt Bill you see the pain in her face and know she wants to go after him and make things right, until she's jumped on for being a snob and switches on her defenses. I'm sure we've all had experiences like that.
But it is funny to have teens in 1958 dancing to swing music. And to have her urged by mom to go out and have fun. My parents never wanted me to go out and have fun...it was either stay home and study, or stay home and help them do chores around the house. Go out? Have fun? Nah, I had the rest of my life to do that! (And then I was thought a snob because I kept having to decline invitations, because my parents would never allow me to go out....)
Subject: This IS a good one.
Excellent music throughout, as well.
Subject: And The Rest Is History....
Subject: The problem here isn't Sarah..
No wonder she's a 'snob'. I wouldn't have anything to do with those people, either!
Subject: Makes you think
Subject: sarah ended up
Just kidding, but that's why this film is a hoot..Sarah just hasnt found her peer group yet.
She will be better off in Greenwich Village. P.S. the moms have major control issues in this movie.
Subject: not what I thought it'd be
Subject: Memories, memories...
She didn't feel the conflict that Sarah does, which was probably added for dramatic effect in the film. Some people can be intelligent, good-looking, hygenic, &c., but just aren't warm to being social. They don't miss or envy it; they simply aren't interested because it isn't their cup of tea. Their libido is completely sublimated.
As to the question posed in the film, how ought we to respond to them? Just let them go. My snob from years ago became a professor at the University of Chicago and is probably still a virgin.
Subject: The Snob is thought provoking
Subject: The Abused Intellectual
Subject: As fine as Centron gets
Subject: Young America Gets It Right!
Subject: Future Cultural Critic?
Subject: ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂShe thinks sheÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs better than everybody else!ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ (and maybe sheÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs right)
Subject: Not easy to classify
I think the young actress is wonderful; does anyone know her name? Does anyone else get just a little creeped out during the father/daughter scene in the kitchen? ("Okay, punkin.") Nothing overtly strange about it; there's some kind of charge in the air, though, that I attribute to the sheer intensity of the girl's performance.
A truly fascinating little gem.